Some well-regarded principals to head schools in heartlands: Heng Swee Keat

Some well-regarded principals to head schools in heartlands: Heng Swee Keat

Thursday, 10 October 2013

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Channel NewsAsia (Online)

SINGAPORE: Education Minister Heng Swee Keat has said his ministry is planning to send some of its most experienced and well-regarded principals to head schools in the heartlands as part of efforts to make every school a good school.

He said his ministry will be announcing the latest round of posting of principals soon.

He also said school leaders must play a critical role in implementing the upcoming changes to the education system.

He was speaking to graduates of this year's Leaders in Education Programme at the National Institute of Education.

The changes include two new distinctive programmes, Applied Learning and Learning for Life, which are aimed at nurturing well-rounded students and which will be implemented by 2017, as well as the broadening of the PSLE scoring system.

The selection criteria for Direct School Admissions will also be adjusted, and subject offerings in secondary schools will be more flexible.

Mr Heng said that implementing these changes will be challenging, but he has confidence in the new cohort of school leaders.

He said: “I know that if there is one community which can succeed with passion and purpose, it is the education community.

"You will need to understand the reasons for these changes at the national level, and as each school is an integral part of the larger education system, I hope that you will share and collaborate with others so as to bring the entire education system forward."


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